World Bulletin / News Desk
A committee of Islamic clerics has demanded that next month's Miss World beauty pageant in Indonesia be cancelled.
The clerics argued that even though the bikini round has been cancelled, the contestants would still be wearing body hugging clothes and gowns which will expose parts of their bodies. Such exposure is against Muslim teaching, they said.
Exposing women's bodies in public is 'haram', forbidden by Islamic teaching," senior MUI official Muhyiddin Junaidi told reporters in the capital Jakarta.
"Even though the bikini event is being axed, the contestants will still wear tight dresses and expose parts of their body," he added.
On Friday, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) said that it is the joint decision of all top-level clerics not to have the pageant in the country.
In 2012, pop singer Lady Gaga had to cancel a concert tour after protesters criticized her for being scantily clothed.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim state where Muslims make up 80% percent of the 220 million population.
Islam is the religion of morals. It keeps woman’s honor and dignity, raises her status and preserves her chastity.